5 Essex Court

Samantha Leek QC

Call 1993
Silk 2012

Police Law

Sam represents the police in most areas of civil law, including judicial review, inquests, claims for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office and advises on all aspects of police powers including policy and operational issues.

Notable cases include:

Inquests (see Inquest experience) into the deaths of: 96 Hillsborough Victims, Mark Duggan, Ian Tomlinson, Jean Charles de Menezes, Terry Nicholas, Simon Murden, David Sycamore, Fosta Thompson, Andrew Kernan.

Public inquiries (see Public Inquiry experience) – Currently acting on behalf of various Chief Constables in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and a number of strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

R (on the application of Vijay Karia) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary [2015] EWHC 4083 (Admin) - Judicial review relating to police disciplianary procedures.

Julia Tomlinson & others v Commissioner of Police of Metropolis - Representing the Commissioner in the civil claim arising out of the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed over by PC Simon Harwood.

Allen v Chief Constable of Hampshire [2013] EWCA Civ 967 - Court of Appeal found that Article 3 gave rise to an obligation on the part of the State to conduct an effective investigation into allegations that treatment amounted to violation of a person’s rights, but that the scope of the obligations would differ greatly depending on whether the violation was inflicted by agents of the State or, at the other end of the scale, private individuals, as in the instant case.

Desmond v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire [2009] EWHC 2362 (QB) - Representing the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in resisting Mr Desmond’s appeal against the order of the County Court striking out his claim in negligence.

R (Gunn) v MAPPA [2009] EWHC 1812 - See Public Law experience.

R (De Menezes) v HM Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner South London [2008] EWHC 3356 - Urgent application for permission by the family of Jean Charles De Menezes, challenging the Coroner’s ruling which restricted the verdicts and questions to be left for the jury to consider.

Charles v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2008) Central London County Court - Civil jury action in which the Claimant claimed damages for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Singh v Chief Constable of West Midlands [2006] EWCA (Civ) 1118 - See Public Law experience.

Alder v Police Complaints Authority & others - Acted for the PCA in long running claim for discrimination and misfeasance in public office.

R (Mulholland) v HM Coroner for Inner North London [2003] EWHC 2612(Admin) - Acted for Commissioner in JR against decision of Coroner.

R (Stanley) v HM Coroner for Inner North London [2003] EWHC 1180 (Admin) - Acted for Commissioner in judicial review against decisions of Coroner.